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Revitalized Rooms At Rosen Plaza

Rosen Plaza Hotel, March 29, 2016: A revitalization of all 800 guest rooms and suites has been completed at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The upgrades follow the opening of a new nightclub and pool bar in 2015, a revitalized Jack’s Place restaurant and the launch of Zayde’s Kosher Catering. “This is one of the… Read more »

Meetings Industry Celebrates First Ever Global Meetings Industry Day

On April 14, 2016, meetings professionals, convention and visitors bureaus, conference centers, and other professionals in the industry hosted events and rallied across the globe to celebrate the first ever Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), a day created to bring together and highlight the impact of the meetings industry. The Meetings Mean Business Coalition, with… Read more »

Georgia’s Rome Launches New Digital Platforms

ROME, GA. — In similar fashion to its ancient namesake’s early technological innovations in architecture, roads and aqueducts, Georgia’s Rome is keeping pace with modern technology. The Georgia CVB group recently announced its new Tourism App and mobile-friendly website. The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) has launched a new tourism app that coincides… Read more »

Jekyll Island Celebrates Beach Village Opening, Island Rededication

JEKYLL ISLAND, GA — A weekend of special events in mid-November highlighted a number of developments on Georgia’s historic Jekyll Island. The celebration started Nov. 13, with a welcome reception in the oceanfront courtyard of the Westin Jekyll Island, a 200-room beachfront hotel with 5,350 square feet of meeting space, which opened in April. Featured… Read more »

Benchmark Hospitality Names New Director of Development

The Woodlands (HOUSTON, TX)— Benchmark Hospitality International recently named Emily Smith as its new Director of Development. She will operate out of Benchmark’s regional offices in Washington, D.C., according to Jared Evans, vice president of business development and strategy at Benchmark. “I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Emily to Benchmark Hospitality International,” Evans said. “Not only does she… Read more »

Uber Testing New Prepaid Service For Event Planners

By Mitra Sorrells,, November 3, 2015 NEW YORK — Uber is testing a new service in New York targeted to event planners. UberEvents allows hosts to buy guest passes that can be shared with attendees. Hosts can set a maximum value for each ride and the number of rides allowed per pass. Uber says… Read more »

Southern Charm: Historic Hotel Awards For Don CeSar, Peabody, Green Park Inn

Historic Hotels of America 2015 Awards of Excellence Winners Announced (via National Trust For Historic Preservation) Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence winners for 2015 were announced at West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) at French Lick Resort in West Baden Springs, Indiana in October. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200… Read more »

Three Ways To Make Recreation Work For Your Event

Making Recreation Work For Your Event: Recreation, particularly of the outdoors variety, continues as a growing trend for team building and peer bonding at meetings and conferences. Recreation can offer an advantageous backdrop to meetings and events, but it must be approached strategically. From golf to kayak excursions to zip line adventures to guided nature hikes,… Read more »

Nashville Leads In International Popularity

NASHVILLE, TN—Nashville’s popularity with international visitors as a tourism destination is gaining ground faster than anywhere in the U.S. According to TripAdvisor study results announced in late October, Nashville gained the greatest popularity of all U.S. cities over the past year, in terms of attracting international travelers. The evaluation of major U.S. tourism cities found… Read more »

Greater Miami CVB Announces Destination Growth Plans

In late October, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) unveiled details for the new Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), which is being reimagined as a state-of-the-art LEED certified facility with more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 60,000-square-foot mixed use ballroom and 81 new break-out rooms spanning 190,000 square feet. The $615… Read more »